RV beats A-West in tourney championship game

4A’s D’Evelyn has great tourney finishingthird place

D’Evelyn senior Brian Smith attempts to inbound the ball over a Montebello defender in the win on Friday night.

ARVADA - A rivalry was renewed Friday as Ralston Valley narrowly edged Arvada West in the championship game of the Ralston Valley Roundup tournament.

The Mustangs took a 16-8 first quarter lead and looked like they might be on their way to a lopsided victory, but A-West rallied late and nearly stole the tournament away from the host team.

However, once again Ralston Valley proved themselves as 5A Jeffco’s best behind the championship game’s MVP Andrew Wingard.

The junior two-sport athlete had 15 points including making several big shots in the second half to hold off A-West.

Wingard shot four three-pointers, and senior Zac Stevens, who recorded nine points and six rebounds, were able to hold off a late Arvada West surge.

A-West junior Thomas Neff scored a game-high 22 points and teammate junior Dhillion Greene added 10 points.

But the duo also combined for 10 turnovers which turned out to be the difference in a tightly contested game.

Neff and the Wildcats had an opportunity to tie the game with a three-pointer in the closing seconds but Neff was never able to get off a clean look.

“We really wanted to win that game but we will get another chance once league play rolls around,” Neff said.

D’Evelyn, one of the state’s best 4A teams, also participated in the tournament finishing in third place after beating Montebello 79-70 on Friday.

Senior Ty McGee scored 23 points and junior Grant Witherspoon added 20 points, which was needed to hold off Montebello’s athleticism and offensive firepower.

“That is a really good team we just beat (in Montbello). We are happy with the way we played over the tournament,” D’Evelyn coach Troy Pachner said.

The No. 9 ranked Jaguars also beat Rangeview in the tournament, who is the No. 3 ranked team in 5A hoops.

Ralston Valley (5-2) beat Loveland, Montbello and then A-West to win the tournament.

A-West (3-1) beat Rock Canyon and D’Evelyn before falling to the Mustangs in the title game.

And D’Evelyn (4-2) beat Rangeview and Montebello, sandwiched between the loss to A-West.

All-Tournament Team:

Arvada West junior Thomas Neff

Ralston Valley sophomore Dallas Walton

D’Evelyn senior Ty McGee

Rock Canyon junior Mitchell Lombard

Rangeview senior Jeremiah Paige